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Cong asks Punjabis to boycott Modi rally

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, February 21, 2014
First Published: 20:42 IST(21/2/2014) | Last Updated: 21:34 IST(21/2/2014)

The Congress has urged the people of Punjab to boycott the proposed 'fateh' (victory) rally of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, to be held at Jagraon on February 23, in view of his state's move to evict Punjabi farmers from the Kutch region.

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Addressing media persons here on Friday, Punjab Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Khaira also called upon the people to shun the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the coming Lok Sabha polls, in view of their "blatant anti-Punjab and anti-Punjabi policies."

He claimed that Modi was bent upon evicting around 50,000 Punjabi farmers from the Kutch region and for this, he had got a special leave petition (SLP) filed in the Supreme Court challenging an order of the Gujarat High Court which went in favour of the farmers, whose land the Gujarat government tried to acquire.

These farmers even pleaded before Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to save them from Modi's move, but of no avail, he added.

"Is Badal organising the 'Fateh' rally to celebrate the eviction of Punjabi farmers from Gujarat. What victory have the Akalis achieved that it requires a rally to eulogise Modi?", Khaira asked.
 
Moving to senior BJP leader LK Advani and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Congress spokesman said that it has now been established through documented proof, that the two leaders pressurised the then prime minister Indira Gandhi into ordering 'Operation Bluestar'. In this context, he cited excerpts from Advani's book, 'My Country My Life' to point to the role of the two BJP leaders in the army operation of June 1984.
 
"Hence it is clear that the actions and words of Modi, Vajpayee,  Advani and BJP are anti-Punjabi and communal. Is Badal holding the 'fateh' rally to celebrate the victory of Vajpayee and Advani in forcing the government to attack the Golden Temple"?, added the Congress leader.

He further said that the participation of any Punjabi in the Jagraon rally would amount to "justifying eviction of their brethren from Kutch and supporting Operation Bluestar."

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